Creation Sunday 2020
To simplify entry to our Zoom meetings, the following links will apply:
For all Ian’s activities – Wednesday chat, Thursday bible study & Sunday @ 10am:
For all Michelle’s activities – Wednesday morning prayer, Friday bible study & Sunday @ 11:
‘stab’ = St Andrew’s Brighton
‘pub’ = publication, or a place where wine (communion) is served
This year, the global reach of the novel coronavirus revealed our shared human nature and the inter-connectivity of our economies, political structures, health care systems, food production chains, energy and transportation systems in devastating ways.
The pandemic has also demonstrated that the entire web of modern life is rooted in the Earth and limited by the Earth’s capacity to sustain our economic and ecological demands. The unjust effects of climate change are a consequence of our inability to find a sustainable balance of this web.
The scriptures begin with God’s affirmation that all of creation is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) As co-creatures and caretakers of God’s creation, human beings are called to protect and nurture its goodness. (Genesis 2:15, Jeremiah 29:5-7) Our vocation to protect and nurture life relates to the sustainability of ecological, economic, social and political systems. A just balance between these aspects of life must be maintained for the health of the Earth and all creatures.
According to this wisdom the Law of Moses included provisions for the Sabbath. On the seventh day of each week, God’s people were free from the need to produce or consume. The rest was extended to animals, and the land itself, honouring the Creator by allowing creation to rest.
Following the seventh, seventh (49th) year, God’s people were to dedicate a year to this ecological, social and economic restorative justice. A Jubilee for the Earth.
As we live into a post-COVID-19 world, can we imagine new just and sustainable ways of living that give the Earth the rest it requires, that satisfy everyone with enough that restore habitats and renew biological diversity?
Today’s video service draws on resources in the ecumenical spirit of our common vocation to protect the Earth and sustain the conditions for life to thrive. It also has some great videos, so be sure to watch it.
We encourage the entire Christian family to join us in this special time to pray, reflect, and take bold action to realize a Jubilee for the Earth. In the hope born of grace, we pray that the Lord who is our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer will touch our hearts and that of the human family this Season of Creation.
· Amira Heath - a granddaughter for Adrienne Sylva from Sat@6
· Josephine Jane – a granddaughter for Angela Alomes, our Parish Administrator
Re-opening the church
Last week’s announcements about the slow removal of COVID-19 restrictions means that our first service back in the church is now likely to be Wednesday 25 November at the earliest. It appears that we would then be permitted to have 50 people present (rather than an earlier step where we could have 20 in attendance). We would still have to use the nave church for all services to accommodate social distancing, and also we will have to return to pre-registration to attend so that we can have the attendance sheets prepared as far as possible before each service, especially at Christmas.
Plans are being formulated as to how Christmas services might look given the restrictions that are likely to remain in place. Social distancing will severely limit the number of people in attendance at each service, as will the requisite inter-service cleaning stifle the number of services possible in this holiday period.
StAndrews@home this week:
10am - : Mattins : (in English) [join here]
11am – Bi-lingual service [join here]
Anytime – Video Eucharist [watch]
10am – Morning Prayer (in Chinese) [join here]
10.30am – Chat with the Vicar and friends [join here]
10am – Bible study (in English) ‘The signs in St John’s Gospel’ [join here]
7.30pm – Chinese bible study [join here]
Trusting that you enjoy some sunnier weather this week.
(stab = St Andrew ' s Brighton)' pub ' =出版物，或提供葡萄酒(圣餐)的地方)